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WorkBoard, a SaaS startup that makes goal setting and management software, raises $30M Series C led by a16z, less than a year after a $23M Series B (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)

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Epsagon, which offers a microservices application monitoring service, raises $16M Series A, says it has quadrupled its customer roster in the past 12 months (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

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Report: Twitch’s top streamers leaving for other platforms has led to watched hours dropping 9.8% from Q3 to Q4 2019; YouTube Gaming was alone in growing in Q4 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Following a BBC investigation, Twitter apologizes for letting ads be micro-targeted using keywords like “transphobic”, “white supremacists”, and “anti-gay” (Joe Tidy/BBC)

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Nancy Pelosi slams Facebook’s “shameful” behaviour, saying it doesn’t “care about truth” and schmoozes Trump’s admin to avoid taxes and antitrust action (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)

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Analysis: US-China “phase one” trade deal has wins for both sides, but questions remain about how committed China is and areas like cybersecurity aren’t covered (New York Times)

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Microsoft pledges to be carbon negative by 2030, remove all carbon it has ever emitted by 2050, and launches a $1B climate innovation fund (Brad Smith/The Official Microsoft Blog)

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Subscription podcast startup Luminary lowers monthly US subscription prices, from $7.99 a month to $4.99, and also cuts international rates (Kim Lyons/The Verge)

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Google says that 120 Stadia titles are coming in 2020, including 10 exclusives, and outlines new features coming soon, including increased Assistant support (Abner Li/9to5Google)

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Personal details including uploaded government IDs of 4,000+ cam models, working for adult site PussyCash, were left exposed on an AWS S3 Bucket for days (Katie Kasunic/vpnMentor)

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Xiaomi says it resolved the issue of Google Nest Hubs connected to its security cameras showing feeds from random homes; Google integrations are now enabled (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)

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Canadian auto supplier Magna ends partnership with Lyft to develop and manufacture autonomous car systems, will focus on “the assisted driving part of autonomy” (Reuters)

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Research: in 2019, there were 455 giant $100M+ VC rounds, totaling ~$108B or 47% of dollar volume, which is down from 467 such rounds totaling ~$148B in 2018 (Jason D. Rowley/Crunchbase News)

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Turkey lifted a two-and-a-half year ban on Wikipedia on Wednesday, restoring access after the country’s top court ruled that blocking it was unconstitutional (New York Times)

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A look at Utah’s “Silicon Slopes” tech startup scene, where Mormonism defines the training and business ethics of CEOs but makes attracting diverse talent hard (Adam Bluestein/Marker)

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A look at the role of liquidators in the decentralized finance ecosystem, who make money by liquidating under-collateralized loans on crypto lending platforms (Tom Schmidt/Dragonfly Research)

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A look at India’s food delivery market, where the prospect of continued cash-burn is forcing market leaders Swiggy and Zomato to explore other business areas (Financial Times)

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As tech becomes the dominant force in the modern economy, Silicon Valley’s culture since 1970s of nimble startups successfully challenging incumbents is fading (Alexis C. Madrigal/The Atlantic)

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NextNav raises $120M for its positioning system that uses a cellular signal to determine vertical position of smartphones inside multi-story buildings (Kirsten Korosec/TechCrunch)

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Google sets timeline for phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems by July 2022; the change won’t affect Chrome extensions (Abner Li/9to5Google)

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Internal memo: Mozilla lays off ~70 as its plans to increase revenue from new subscription products and sources outside search in 2019 did not pan out (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

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The e-sports industry is increasingly coming under tax scrutiny by US states, amid ever-rising sums of prize money and an uptick in interstate competitions (Ellen Zavian/Washington Post)

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Sources: Apple has acquired Seattle-based Xnor.ai, which develops low-power, edge-based AI image recognition tools, for around $200M (Alan Boyle/GeekWire)

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As companies comply with privacy laws like GDPR and CCPA, many have insecure practices for giving users their data and some outsource user identity verification (Kashmir Hill/New York Times)

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Productboard, a platform for product managers, raises $45M Series B led by Sequoia and Bessemer Venture Partners, source says at a $350M post-money valuation (Alex Konrad/Forbes)

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YouTube launches Profile cards that show user’s public information and comment history on the current channel, starting with Android (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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